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15 book MEME... nicked from the Furtle

  • 5th Aug, 2009 at 5:08 PM
Don't take too long to think about it. 15 books you've read that will always stick with you. They don't have to be the greatest books you've ever read, just the ones that stick with you. First 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

NOT in any order

Tale of 2 Cities - Charles Dickens
My mom bought me a set of Charles dickens paperback mini books, and this was the first one that I read... I wasn't a big reader in my youth, but after finishing the mini book version, I bought the full book Second hand... my first Classic

Dragonlance - Dragons of Autumn Twilight
I love the Dragonlance books, This one was recommended by Jasper as a great read... I have met a lot of good friends because of this book, it got me in to roleplaying more... after reading this once, I really wanted to play a Kender, but all the D&D games I played needed more powerful characters... until LARP

Dracula - Bram Stoker
Reading a book after seeing the movie is normally not something I do, but I couldn't resist with this Classic... The atmosphere that Bram generates in this book still holds me now, even though I have read this book many times.

Yes Man - Danny Wallace
A very funny read, a good pick me up when I'm a little down in the dumps

Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
I first read these after reading the Hobbit at School... I found them very heavy going then, but completed them... Years later, I re-read them, just before the Movies came out. I enjoyed them a lot more now that I roleplay, and don't mind the seemingly endless passages of history / descritive text.

Harry Potter - JK Rowling
I know this sounds sad(ish)... But I really do love these books. Very easy to read, and can be very gripping at times. The first time I have bought First editions of any book... Just glad that there are soooo many First Editions out there as mine are very well battered now with the Bus journeys they have been on.

Guards Guards - Terry Pratchett
My first ever Discworld book... again a recommendation from Jasper... Really got me into Terry Pratchett books... And also the first idea for Pinta and Killian when we first came to LT... we were suppose to be Colon and Nobby nobbs... but that fell down after the first night.

The Stand - Stephen King
I have never completed this book... I get to around page 100 then start developing a cold... this really freaks me out... one day I will complete this book... one day

Dungeon and Dragons Version 2 - Player Manual
I was quite shy as a teenager (I hear you all calling me a liar)... and apart from football, I really didn't do much socialising... This brought me out of my shell a little, and introduced me to Dave Britton (Jasper)... 20 years ago... so much trouble caused by 1 book... ooops

The Bible
I read this book, cover to cover in my mid teens... My mom is a lapsed Catholic... and had never got me Christened/baptised etc... she had always said it was my choice.
Well, at about 15 years old, I found a cheap copy of the Bible in a second hand book shop, so I thought I'd better try it out.
Long story short, I do like most of it, I think some parts are very interesting, but I just don't believe...
I have spoken at great length to Lucy's Church's Vicar about this, and have come to the idea that The bible to me is just a set of good stories.

Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
A good story, but I got this signed by him, after breaking my arm. Just before Lucy was born.

Fungus the Bogeyman - Raymond Briggs
What a funny book... the whole book has some great little in jokes all the way through.
Bought a copy for Lucy, and she likes it too... Passing on my silly sense of humour to my daughter is what keeps me sane

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole - Sue Townsend
This came out about the same time I was a kid, but I first read it at age 13 3/4 ... A very good book for a teenage boy to read... made me feel that most lads have to go through those weird moments in life

America Unchained - Dave Gorman
I have read most of his books, and really enjoyed them... but this one is named due to me getting this one signed with Tanya... and hearing the big man read a section of it.

Porridge - The Scripts
I'm a big BBC comedy fan, and really enjoy reading the scripts of my favorite TV programs... I have Red Dwarf, Monty Python, and Bottom full scripts... but this was my first of the collection, and still the best.
The writing is still very funny now, I just hope no one ever tries to remake this classic TV program

A Favour

  • 5th Jun, 2009 at 3:46 PM
I have been asked to send a message to all my Larp friends...


The Games Expo happening this weekend in Birmingham needs your help...

They are running a Living Dungeon game over the weekend, but some of the staff for this have been in a car accident and are unable to make it (unsure how bad).

Please contact the organisers if you can spare a few hours over the next 2 days.


Theme tune for Tony

  • 25th Sep, 2008 at 12:13 PM

do you remember me and Lucy telling you about a song sometime ago call Mr Lee...

well i found it, and think you should have it as you theme song...


watch it all, but song is from 1min 40sec

Sorry mate he he he
George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I 'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life .. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

My third of a Century Drinky night

  • 3rd Jul, 2008 at 1:56 PM
OK... we survived Tony's 3 Ninja's and 20 Pirates night...

Next one is my birthday... I will be 33...

So I'm planning on doing a few things, but my main one is as follows...


STAR CITY, Birmingham


36 holes of fun, for the small price of £7

Meet up at 7pm, in the bowling alley, to start playing at 8pm

They have a bar...

Please come and take the mickey out of me getting older...

What I did this weekend...

  • 27th May, 2008 at 2:04 PM
mr man
I hurt... And still down over weekend...

I am sorry to all my friends at the GEF who I didn't get to say goodbye to but I really wasn't in a good mood at the end... If it wasn't for you guys, I really would off walked away

I had some great moments over the weekend, but they just seemed to be over shadowed by utter crap moments...

I'm minus one bow - I am minus one tent - My ankle is swollen due to some knob headed cheating Gryphen... I don't mind losing, but being cheated out of a game annoys the crap out of me.

But I really do want to thank my friends for keeping me sane over the weekend...

And to Naomi - THANK YOU... Pinta and Pinta for the win... Must do that again
and we are bloody great... and good looking too...

The two Pinta's must be ranked in my top 3 best roleplaying moments ever... I throughly enjoyed that night...

I missed a few other friends not being at the event... and really missed having somebody else to help cheer me up...


Lucy WILL be coming to the Gathering this year... I need mini Pinta to chill me out..

Speak soon Guys

How to stop going to Tesco's

  • 15th May, 2008 at 10:39 AM
Proof of what can happen if a wife or girlfriend drags her husband or
boyfriend along shopping

This letter was recently sent by Tesco's Head Office to a customer in
Oxford :

Dear Mrs. Murray,

While we thank you for your valued custom and use of the Tesco Loyalty
Card, the Manager of our store in Banbury is considering banning you and
your family from shopping with us, unless your husband stops his antics.
Below is a list of offences over the past few months all verified by our
surveillance cameras:

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's
trolleys when they weren't looking.

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute

3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to feminine
products aisle.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official tone,
'Code 3' in housewares..... and watched what happened.

5. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.

6. September 15: Set up a tent in the outdoor clothing department and told

shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring sausages and a Calor gas

7. September 23: When the Deputy Manager asked if she could help him, he
began to cry and asked, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?'

8. October 4: Looked right into the security camera; used it as a mirror,
picked his nose, and ate it.

9. November 10: While appearing to be choosing kitchen knives in the
Housewares aisle asked an assistant if he knew where the antidepressants

10. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously, loudly humming the
Mission Impossible' theme.

11. December 6: In the kitchenware aisle, practised the 'Madonna look'
using different size funnels.

12. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed, yelled

13. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, assumed
the foetal position and screamed 'NO! NO! It's those voices again.'

And; last, but not least:

14. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited a while;
then yelled, very loudly, 'There is no toilet paper in here.'

Yours sincerely,
Charles Brown
Store Manager


  • 12th May, 2008 at 10:59 AM
F**king B*****D AR**ING W**K**G HAYFEVER

Got the sniffles last year, for the first time...

This Year it has hit me full pelt....